Napoleonic alterations

The demolition of the star fort surrounding the castle in 1801 left a large empty space around the building, leading to proposals for its use by architects such as Luigi Canonica and Giovanni Antolini. The latter developed the idea of an enormous semicircular square delimited by public buildings in the classical style: what is today Foro Bonaparte. The castle, which was destined to become a seat of government, was also to have a classical overhaul, complete with a colonnaded atrium. The first stone was laid in April of 1801, but construction was halted immediately.

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